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August 9, 1998
Re "Entertainer Shari Lewis Dies at 65," Aug. 4: From the time I was a boy growing up in the '60s, I loved Shari Lewis. Whether it was her own show or appearances on others, I never missed a chance to see Lamb Chop. Perhaps one of the most talented ventriloquists to ever grace our presence, Shari had a way of capturing our hearts. I remember being in the military, far from home, turning the television on in our day room and watching reruns of her show every Saturday. She made me feel less homesick.
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September 20, 2007 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Mallory Lewis -- performer, children's book author and daughter of Shari Lewis -- grew up with the iconic ventriloquist's signature sidekick Lamb Chop -- "she's my sister" -- and became a writer and producer who worked closely with her mother on TV specials and children's shows ("Lamb Chop's Play-Along," "The Charlie Horse Music Pizza"). Since Shari Lewis' death in 1998, Mallory has kept her mother's legacy alive through performances with the famously sassy sock puppet.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1998 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shari Lewis, the perky strawberry blond ventriloquist, puppeteer, singer and dancer who graced the television screen and nightclub stage for four decades, accompanied by her lovable sock puppet Lamb Chop, has died. She was 65. Lewis, who was found to have uterine cancer in June, died of pneumonia Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said her publicist, Maggie Begley. Lewis had been undergoing chemotherapy for the last six weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2000
What a delight to open the Calendar section and discover that Lamb Chop lives ("Lamb Chop, the Next Generation," by Dana Calvo, June 4). Hurrah! I hope Mallory Lewis finds a means to restore her and Hush Puppy and Charlie Horse to the children (and adults) who love them. MARNEE DOWNING Northridge I was afraid that Lamb Chop died with Shari Lewis and was set aside. I am glad to hear that she jumped with 118 women in a cancer-reseach fund-raiser that set a skydiving record, proof that she is back!
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 1993 | MONICA YANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Psst. Shari Lewis has a secret: She wants her MTV. "I can sit and watch it for hours ," Lewis admits. "I love rap, when the lyrics aren't foul. I like a lot of rock and country. And I like zappy, high-energy visuals." Can this be the same Shari Lewis who's entertained children for more than 30 years with the lovable, laughable puppet Lamb Chop? The same Shari Lewis who, at just 5 feet tall with striking red curls, looks more like Little Bo Peep than a rock 'n' roll fan? Yup.
NEWS
January 12, 1992 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shari Lewis describes her new PBS children's series, Lamb Chop's Play Along, as the first "anti-couch potato" show. "This is totally an audience participation program," Lewis said. "The audience gets to participate physically, vocally, musically and imaginatively. They get to join in the songs, the games, the stories. They get to hop along and sing along and count along."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 1998 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
I've changed cars during the last several years, but not my back seat passenger--a fleecy Lamb Chop puppet in a Santa hat, ruling supreme over various generations of old theater programs, Thomas Guides, plastic water bottles and other essentials of travel.
NEWS
April 23, 1992 | ZAN DUBIN, Zan Dubin is a Times staff writer who writes about the arts for The Times Orange County Edition.
A visitor expected Lamb Chops everywhere. Lamb Chop's portrait hung above the hearth; Lamb Chop bronzed, stationed on the breakfront; crocheted, macramed and ceramic Lamb Chops positioned around the room; the original, perhaps nappy, Lamb Chop, spot lit on a shrine of her own. But no. There was not a Lamb Chop in sight.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 1997 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With an eye trained on teaching music education and appreciation to children, PBS announced Thursday the launch of a new half-hour series from "Lamb Chop" creator and 12-time Emmy Award winner Shari Lewis. The 40-episode series titled "The Charlie Horse Music Pizza" will debut this fall and will be targeted to 2- to 8-year-olds, but apparently with an emphasis on preschoolers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 1996 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Save for putting on a little extra heft since her early days in show biz, age hasn't touched that perennially bratty, er, young, grande dame of puppet land, Lamb Chop, who turns 40 today. "Actually, she generally claims that there's another Lamb Chop wrinkling and raveling in the closet," said family entertainment star Shari Lewis, Lamb Chop's red-haired petite pal and mentor.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2000 | DANA CALVO, Dana Calvo is a Times staff writer
Slumped inside a Tupperware container with no one to talk to, Lamb Chop must have found the yearlong silence intolerable. She couldn't wave her red mittens. She couldn't peer seductively through her mink eyelashes. And she couldn't get answers to the stream of questions that bothered her night and day. Now, the dark part of life for the 17-inch sock puppet seems to have ended. "Do I look taller in person?" she demanded on a recent afternoon in Malibu.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one denies that Edward Nishida Drake, roused from slumber by a noise outside his Simi Valley auto repair business 15 months ago, grabbed his revolver, opened his shop door and fired a single shot that killed a 17-year-old boy. But during opening statements in Drake's murder trial Wednesday, lawyers offered very different interpretations of the facts surrounding the Oct.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 1998 | Paul Brownfield, Paul Brownfield is a Times staff writer
"Ladies and gentleman," said emcee Jimmy Caesar, a tuxedo-clad holdover from a distant era, "this man needs no introduction." Out came Jim Teter, tuxedo-clad himself and fresh from his latest cruise ship appearance, where he delighted audiences with his "presidential dummies" Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. What followed was something out of a vaudeville dream, at once endearing and awful.
OPINION
August 9, 1998
Re "Entertainer Shari Lewis Dies at 65," Aug. 4: From the time I was a boy growing up in the '60s, I loved Shari Lewis. Whether it was her own show or appearances on others, I never missed a chance to see Lamb Chop. Perhaps one of the most talented ventriloquists to ever grace our presence, Shari had a way of capturing our hearts. I remember being in the military, far from home, turning the television on in our day room and watching reruns of her show every Saturday. She made me feel less homesick.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 1998 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
I've changed cars during the last several years, but not my back seat passenger--a fleecy Lamb Chop puppet in a Santa hat, ruling supreme over various generations of old theater programs, Thomas Guides, plastic water bottles and other essentials of travel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1998 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shari Lewis, the perky strawberry blond ventriloquist, puppeteer, singer and dancer who graced the television screen and nightclub stage for four decades, accompanied by her lovable sock puppet Lamb Chop, has died. She was 65. Lewis, who was found to have uterine cancer in June, died of pneumonia Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said her publicist, Maggie Begley. Lewis had been undergoing chemotherapy for the last six weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 1992 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
For the Kids: KCET has produced six 30-second spots in which children's host Shari Lewis tells parents to talk to their children about the rioting that followed the Rodney King verdict. The spots are airing nationwide on PBS.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2000
What a delight to open the Calendar section and discover that Lamb Chop lives ("Lamb Chop, the Next Generation," by Dana Calvo, June 4). Hurrah! I hope Mallory Lewis finds a means to restore her and Hush Puppy and Charlie Horse to the children (and adults) who love them. MARNEE DOWNING Northridge I was afraid that Lamb Chop died with Shari Lewis and was set aside. I am glad to hear that she jumped with 118 women in a cancer-reseach fund-raiser that set a skydiving record, proof that she is back!
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 1997 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With an eye trained on teaching music education and appreciation to children, PBS announced Thursday the launch of a new half-hour series from "Lamb Chop" creator and 12-time Emmy Award winner Shari Lewis. The 40-episode series titled "The Charlie Horse Music Pizza" will debut this fall and will be targeted to 2- to 8-year-olds, but apparently with an emphasis on preschoolers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 1996 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Save for putting on a little extra heft since her early days in show biz, age hasn't touched that perennially bratty, er, young, grande dame of puppet land, Lamb Chop, who turns 40 today. "Actually, she generally claims that there's another Lamb Chop wrinkling and raveling in the closet," said family entertainment star Shari Lewis, Lamb Chop's red-haired petite pal and mentor.
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